nVidia PCI Express for Athlon 64

While the chipset and support has not been officially announced by nVidia, there were plenty of boards for Athlon 64 with PCI Express in the nVidia suite. They included a very interesting dual Opteron CK8 board from iWill.

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There was even more interest in the Socket 939 nVidia boards with PCI-E. A wide cross section of manufacturers had CK8 PCI-E boards on display including Biostar and Gigabyte.

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Abit's upcoming AN8 is another board that will feature PCI Express on the nVidia chipset.

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The big question with PCI-Express for nVidia is: "When?" nVidia said that we may see their new PCI-Express boards for Athlon 64 as early as September or as late as 4th quarter. It all depends on how fast the market accepts PCI Express.

Index Intel 915 with BOTH AGP and PCI


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  • Wesley Fink - Friday, June 4, 2004 - link

    #1 -
    Based on what we now know we expect the new graphics integrated in 915 will be the best performing integrated graphics we have tested. We are told performance is roughly equivalent to 5200FX. That will not excite many of our readers, but it is still a fact that 60% of motherboard shipments are integrated graphics.
  • Cygni - Friday, June 4, 2004 - link

    Depressing is when you see the performance "gain" PCI-E 16x was supposed to offer in real life. Hint: Its not there. Reply
  • JGF - Friday, June 4, 2004 - link

    September at the earliest for A64 nvidia PCI-E is more than a little depressing. :( Reply
  • Bozo Galora - Friday, June 4, 2004 - link

    Speaking of 4 phase power...
    Is that 5 phase power on the shuttle board?
  • RyanVM - Friday, June 4, 2004 - link

    On page 3: "As we reported, PCI-X and AGP on the same 915 board is supposedly an impossible engineering feat."

  • jrphoenix - Friday, June 4, 2004 - link

    Good to see all the news on the Athlon 939 boards and PCI-Express. Does anyone have an idea when we will see these boards? It was kind of depressing hearing that Nvidia may not support this until Q3 or Q4 :(

    Heck... when will we see any socket 939 boards?
  • SDA - Friday, June 4, 2004 - link

    "A Sea of NEW"?

    Hm. Problem with an A64 with decently powerful integrated graphics is that the A64's so expensive that I don't see much of a need for it. .. ehm, but OEMs would like that, I'm sure. Save them money on cheapo add-in cards, for sure, and they could still advertise "64-bit power!"

    DDR2 and DDR1 on the same board, eh. What, is the yellow slot DDR2? What the hell? I thought the purpose of a key was to make it HARDER TO STICK THINGS IN THE WRONG WAY? It's practically in the fscking middle! Rrrrr. And I thought DDR1 was bad. Also, "Intel's excellent new integrated graphics"? Excellent must be a relative term.

    Also, Tyan now has nine Opteron boards. On one hand, that's an amusingly diverse selection.. on the other hand, it's great that there are so many choices there, and Tyan boards ARE quality.

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